World Day of Prayer 2023 will be organized by women from Taiwan

On the left side of the image, a woman stretches her arms in the direction of a bird flying away: on the bottom right, a woman kneels in a praying posture, a child on her back. Detail of the cover image of the World Day of Prayer 2023 from Taiwan; created by the artist Hui-Wen Hsiao.

An excerpt from the cover image for World Day of Prayer 2023, designed by Taiwanese artist Hui-Wen Hsiao. Image: WDPIC

Taiwan is the focus of this year's Women's World Day of Prayer. On March 3, thousands of churches around the world will celebrate services with the same liturgy, prepared by women from Taiwan. It is about social and ecological commitment. The collections are used for projects and activities for gender justice. Mission 21 is also part of the World Day of Prayer.

Magdalena Zimmermann, deputy director of Mission 21, sees the Women's World Day of Prayer as an important day of action for a more just world. It has been celebrated for about a hundred years; it has been an international organization since 1927. Since 1936, it has also been celebrated in Switzerland, always on the first Friday in March, as an ecumenical grassroots initiative, as the Swiss World Day of Prayer Committee writes in its statement.

Women from Mission 21's partner church in Taiwan, the Presbyterian Church (PCT), were also involved in the liturgy, which was used worldwide. This is a very lively church, explains Magdalena Zimmermann: "It is actively committed to respecting human rights, also in the sense of gender justice." In Taiwanese society, the PCT supports disadvantaged people: "It is also committed to the marginalized and the indigenous population."

Part of the commitment to gender justice

Mission 21 is part of this impressive, global day of action. As a partner organization of many churches and organizations working for gender justice, Mission 21 also receives a contribution from the collections for activities and outreach for gender justice.

From the collection of the World Day of Prayer, Mission 21 supports educational work in 2023 that critically questions patriarchal images of men and potentially violent role patterns. Boys and men are to be given new perspectives. The focus is on images of men that show cooperation and non-violent conflict resolution as ways to a just future. Mission 21's project work is thus part of a global network for gender justice - which also includes the Women's World Day of Prayer.

World Day of Prayer services and more information

► In Basel from 2:30 p.m. in various churches
► In Bern at 6 p.m. (Friedenskirche and Église française de Berne) and 7 p.m. (Johanneskirche)
► In Biel/Bienne: 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. (various churches)
► In Zurich: 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (various churches)
► Mission 21 promotes positive role models for men
► Media release of the World Day of Prayer Committee Switzerland

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